Is your little one suffering from a cold or nasal congestion? A blocked nose can be so distressing for a little WonderBaba when they are trying to sleep or feed and are relying on their nostrils for breath! I have always found that using a saline spray regularly once a cold kicks in really helps – especially if you administer it 15 minutes before a feed so that they can breath through their noses whilst they breast feed or try to suck a bottle. It also helps to keep the nostrils clear at bedtime so, whilst the last thing you want to do is unsettle them before they drift off, it can really help them sleep a little better if they have gotten some relief from their cold!
So which spray for nasal congestion?
It’s suitable from birth. Some of the other sprays can be a little stronger but give the babies more of a fright! NOT FUN! One spray in each nostril is enough for babies under two years of age. Older kids can use two sprays.
Sterimar baby is one of the ones which is a little stronger spray wise but actually is quite handy also as the spray works at any angle. This means you can use it whilst your baby is lying down whereas the calpol one kind of needs the baby to be upright. It’s available here!
What about the drops?
Some people prefer the saline nasal drops like the Calpol saline drops which are also suitable from birth – but they can be a little bit more fiddly to use!
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Is there a solution for night time?
If a baby is very congested Vicks do a great warm mist humidifier which can be left running overnight in their bed room (or yours if they are gate crashing!). It’s a very worthy investment as there is only so much twenty minutes of standing in a steamy bathroom can achieve! In my experience you only get a couple of hours of clear nostrils with the use of saline which is fine for during the day but at night time I like a longer acting solution!! This product helps to keep mucus thin and running and stops it accumulating in the chest. It can help to reduce the risk of infection and offers great relief of symptoms of coughs and colds in babies. You can also add a few drops of olbas for children to the dish on the Vicks warm mist humidifier when children are older than three months. This helps to keep the sinuses clear which reduces congestion and prevents a build up of mucus in the chest. I have to say the vick warm mist humidifier is without doubt the most useful healthcare product I have bought for my children. I’ve tried other ones but for the price difference I really don’t see the advantage. We have used it from birth up to six years regularly.
You can read more about my slightly OTT love for the use of steam for treating coughs and congestion over here on a blog where I explain the different types of humidifiers and vapourisers available. Yup – I am that sad! It’s interesting reading though!
Other tips for helping congestion..
- Tilt their bed or mattress slightly to help the mucus clear more easily. This helps to stop it irritating their little airways at night.
- Use a nasal aspirator like this Nuk one to shift persistent lumps of mucus.
- As obvious as it sounds, if your child is old enough to blow their nose encourage them to do so regularly.
- If your child is out of breath from congestion you should contact a doctor.
- Ensure your baby remains hydrated by offering plenty of fluids. If your baby is unable to drink or eat as a result of the congestion keep an eye out for signs of dehydration – you can read my dehydration blog by clicking here!
- If your baby is persistently congested or their mucus is a colour other than clear such as yellow, green or red then do bring them to their GP.
- Check out the role Salt Therapy could play in improving congestion and coughs by reading my full Salin Plus Review by clicking here!
I hope you have found this article helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page or my website contact page or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262.